Recommended Vaccinations

How do you know what vaccines you or a loved one needs? There are a number of vaccines that are unanimously recommended by key health organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Medical Association, among others. The New York State Department of Health provides handy, downloadable and printable vaccine schedules for children (PDF, 312KB, 1pg.) and adults (PDF, 70KB, 2pg.). It's important to discuss vaccination with your doctor to make sure you stay on top of the recommended vaccines for you and your family.

What About Seasonal Flu?

It's very important that everyone 6 months and older get a seasonal flu vaccine every year. This is a healthy habit worth picking up, especially considering the fact that the flu causes tens of thousands of deaths ( The New York State Department of Health, the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics, along with a host of other health organizations, support the recommendation that everyone 6 months and older get a seasonal flu vaccine every year. Certain people are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated annually because they are at a higher risk for flu-related health complications. These high-risk groups include:

  • All family members, household contacts and care providers of children who are younger than 5 years old -– with a special emphasis on those who care for infants under 6 months -– and people 50 years and older;
  • People with weakened immune systems or certain chronic health conditions, such as asthma or diabetes;
  • All health care professionals;
  • Pregnant women.

For more specific information on vaccine recommendations, visit childhood and adolescent vaccines, adult vaccines, travel vaccines and health professional vaccines.

Looking For Information About Vaccine Laws?

Click here for laws in New York State and follow the instructions below for each specific law:

Poliomyelitis and Other Diseases (Public Health Law (PHL) Article 21, Sections 2160 - 2168)

  • Scroll to PHL Article 21, and click on "Title 6."
    • Click on "2164" for Section 2164 (Definitions; immunization against poliomyelitis, mumps, measles, diphtheria, rubella, varicella, Haemophilus influenzae type b, pertussis, tetanus);
  • OR "2165" for Section 2165 (Immunization of certain post-secondary students);
  • OR "2166" for Section 2166 (Immunization; regulations);
  • OR "2167" for Section 2167 (Immunization against meningococcal meningitis);
  • OR "2168" for Section 2168 (Statewide Immunization Registry).

Long-Term Care Resident and Employee Immunization Act

  • Scroll to, and click on, "Article 21-A" (2190-2196).

Hospitals and Regulated Clinics (PHL Article 28) Facilities and Immunization

(Immunizations against poliomyelitis, mumps, measles, diphtheria and rubella; against influenza and pneumococcal for certain persons 65 and older; against influenza -– neonatal intensive care units)

  • Scroll to, and select, PHL Article 28 (Hospitals).
  • Scroll to, and select, 2805-H (Immunizations).

Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention

Influenza Education Public Health Law Amendment

  • Scroll to "Article 6," and click on "Title 2" (State Aid for Additional Services).
  • Then click on "613" (State Aid, Immunization).
  • Scroll to "1B through 1C."